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Cybersecurity and Operations

Consider a cybersecurity and operation profession
Our cybersecurity and operation major is intended to equip you with the knowledge and skills to defend computer operating systems, networks, and data from cyber attacks. You will be taught by faculty and experts using both theoretical and hands-on approaches to prepare you for high demand jobs.

Why is this an important major in today’s world?
Cybersecurity is important because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting our sensitive data, personally identifiable information, protected health information, intellectual property, and governmental and industry information systems from theft and damage attempted by criminals and adversaries.

Cybersecurity risk is increasing, driven by global connectivity and usage of cloud services to store sensitive data and personal information. Improperly configured cloud services and devices paired with increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals means the risk that organizations suffer from cyber attack or data breach is on the rise.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts earn a median pay of $112,000 per year. 

Offered: On campus and real-time online

Be inspired . . . earn your cybersecurity and operations degree

Jobs in cybersecurity and operations
You will have a multitude of choices in specialization and career options. Small and large companies require qualified candidates in key security areas like architecture, testing, and development. Some of the cybersecurity positions available on the job market include:

  • Security architect
  • Penetration tester (or ethical hacker)
  • Cryptography
  • Security engineer
  • Security auditor (or forensic expert)
  • Incident responder
  • Vulnerability assessor
  • Security software developer
  • Security code auditor
  • and many more

Learn with us
Exciting topics you will learn as your pursue your degree in cybersecurity and operations include:

  • Malware analysis
  • Ethical hacking
  • Defensive network security
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Mobile and wireless security
  • Applied cryptography
Employment outlook
Employment for information security analysts is projected to grow 31% through 2029. According to Cyberseek, one out of every three jobs in cybersecurity is currently unfilled, giving you the opportunity to immediately join the workforce following graduation.

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Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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